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Convention : a philosophical study

Author: David K Lewis
Publisher: Oxford : Blackwell, 2002.
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"Convention was recognized as a major contribution to the subject and its significance has remained undiminished since its first publication in 1969. Lewis analyzes social conventions as regularities in the resolution of recurring coordination problems - situations characterized by interdependent decision processes in which common interests are at stake. Conventions are contrasted with other kinds of regularity, and  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David K Lewis
ISBN: 0631232567 9780631232568 0631232575 9780631232575
OCLC Number: 49640754
Notes: Originally published: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1969.
Includes index.
Description: xii, 213 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Foreword / W. V. Quine --
I. Coordination and Convention --
II. Convention Refined --
III. Convention Contrasted --
IV. Convention and Communication --
V. Conventions of Language.
Responsibility: David Lewis.

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"Convention was recognized as a major contribution to the subject and its significance has remained undiminished since its first publication in 1969. Lewis analyzes social conventions as regularities in the resolution of recurring coordination problems - situations characterized by interdependent decision processes in which common interests are at stake. Conventions are contrasted with other kinds of regularity, and conventions governing systems of communication are given special attention. This book is of central importance to philosophers, linguists, social scientists, legal theorists, and anyone interested in the role of convention in the function of social behavior and language."--BOOK JACKET.

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